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Corker Ready to Raise Some Revenue, Despite Pledge

n a further indication that Republican attitudes are shifting on how to reduce the deficit, Sen. Bob Corker said Monday he no longer feels bound by the no-increase pledge he signed at the behest of an anti-tax activist.
From The Tennessean:
“I’m not obligated on the pledge,” Corker said during an appearance on the CBS show “This Morning.”
“I made Tennesseans aware — I was just elected — that the only thing I’m honoring is the oath that I take when I serve when I’m sworn in this January.”
However, Corker’s name, along with those of the eight other Republican members of Tennessee’s congressional delegation, remains on the anti-tax pledge that conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist’s group, Americans for Tax Reform, has been asking politicians to sign for the better part of three decades.
The pledge signals their promise to “oppose and vote against tax increases.”
Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office Monday referred anew to a comment he made last year about not being bound by the Norquist pledge.
“My only pledge is to the United States flag and to the United States Constitution, and I’ve forsworn all others,” Alexander said in an interview with Roll Call, a Capitol Hill publication.

See also the Commercial Appeal story, led on Corker’s 242-page draft plan to forestall automatic tax increases and spending cuts by capping federal deductions at $50,000 for high-income Americans.
Corker did an op-ed piece in the Washington Post on the proposal.
And the AP has a national roundup on Republicans retreating from Norquist’s anti-tax pledge.

Is It a Tax Increase or Not? Lamar says No, Grover Norquist Says Yes

Proponents of legislation that allows states to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases say that such a move would not be a tax increase, Sen. Lamar Alexander, for example, declares, “This is not a new tax — this is a tax that is already owed,”
But Michael Collins reports that such efforts to blunt a line of attack that has been used to help kill previous versions of the legislation may be for naught.
Americans for Tax Reform, an influential advocacy group led by anti-tax godfather Grover Norquist, has denounced the legislation as a tax on the Internet and out-of-state sales.
“No federal bill should constitute a net tax increase,” the organization said in a statement. “Yet — like its predecessors — this legislation would raise taxes in multiple states without the opportunity to cut taxes elsewhere or enact other taxpayer protections.”
Online retail giant eBay also slammed the proposal as “another Internet sales tax that fails to protect small business retailers and will unbalance the playing field between giant retailers and small-business competitors.”
…Supporters think a strong case can be made for the proposed law by framing it as a matter of fairness. But the argument that it imposes a new tax has proved persuasive in the past and may resonate again with fiscal conservatives, especially those backed by the tea party movement.
The two newest East Tennesseans in Congress — U.S. Reps. Scott DesJarlais and Chuck Fleischmann — haven’t committed yet to either side.